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Prevention and detection of fouling on ship hulls

The marine industry spends $6 billion (USD) worldwide in the prevention or removal of marine fouling, $8 billion on extra fuel and produces 70 million tons of additional CO2.Clearly existing methods of fouling prevention and removal are in urgent need of improvement.



The CLEANSHIP project proposes a novel, harmless and cost effective solution for fouling prevention without the need for taking a ship out of service. The solution is the deployment of long range ultrasonic plate waves travelling throughout an entire ship hull below the water line in order to:

  • prevent or slow down the accumulation of fouling.
  • achieve a continuous monitoring to allow earlier and cheaper removal.


The CLEANSHIP project will benefit the SMEs which makeup 95% of Europe’s waterborne transport business. The project will also impact the businesses of large shipping companies. Additional impact will be felt as the products resulting from the project penetrate the global shipping industry and help Europe maintain its position as a world leader in innovative technological developments for the marine industry.


Project Partners


  • WRS Marine Inspections & Services
  • Sofchem
  • Cereteth
  • Lloyd's Register
  • Enkon
  • InnoTec UK
  • Brunel University London

For more information, please visit the CleanShip website.   

Meet the Principal Investigator(s) for the project

Professor Tat-Hean Gan
Professor Tat-Hean Gan - Professional Qualifications CEng. IntPE (UK), Eur Ing BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronics Engg (Uni of Nottingham) MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering (University of Warwick) MBA in International Business (University of Birmingham) PhD in Engineering (University of Warwick) Languages English, Malaysian, Mandarin, Cantonese Professional Bodies Fellow of the British Institute of NDT Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology Tat-Hean Gan has 10 years of experience in Non-Destructive Testing (NDT), Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Condition Monitoring of rotating machineries in various industries namely nuclear, renewable energy (eg Wind, Wave ad Tidal), Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Construction and Infrastructure, Aerospace and Automotive. He is the Director of BIC, leading activities varying from Research and development to commercialisation in the areas of novel technique development, sensor applications, signal and image processing, numerical modelling and electronics hardware. His experience is also in Collaborative funding (EC FP7 and UK TSB), project management and technology commercialisation.

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Project last modified 29/01/2021